Pastor’s PenBy Linda Smith • Jun 27th, 2012 • Category: Pastor's Desk
A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken. Proverbs 15: 13
Ask yourself, who do I want to be close to? Is it a joyful hearted person or one filled with sorrow, anger, and pickiness? Ask yourself another question. Who do I want to become? Who am I when I am not around people but by myself? After you have read my short word return to these questions and think about them.
We have much to be cheerful about. This week especially, we have a heart full of joy because we are teaching and modeling Christ for our children. It does our hearts good to allow God to use us in this wonderful way. It is important that we allow no sorrow to seep into our days as this leads us to a broken hearted spirit. Just look on the faces of our children and you can see the pure joy that they have while involved in VBS. One quote was, “Mom, I don’t want to ever leave.” Their cheerful countenance is evidence of the glad heart they have.
So back to the questions, if I want to be close to a person with a joyful heart should I not be joyful hearted as well? I should model what I want to enjoy. I need to become what Christ would have me become. It is what scripture implies and Christ taught by example.
So how do we live in such a way as to have a glad heart? First, we need to know and trust God. Secondly, we need to dive deep into God’s Word. Thirdly, we need to trust God to be our strength and shield. Fourthly, we are to export to everyone near us the glad heart of a Christ Follower.
So I encourage all of us to set the example for each other and our children on how to live life with a glad heart. How can you tell if your friend or neighbor has God’s joy in their heart just look and you will see it in their face. Then you will have a glad heart and your face will surely show it.